After two cases of Delta Plus variant were found in Gorakhpur and Deoria of Uttar Pradesh, now two cases of Kappa variant have been reported in the state. In Sant Kabir Nagar, a patient has been found positive with Kappa strain of Covid-19. According to news agency IANS, a 66-year-old patient has died.
The strain was detected during the genome sequencing exercise. His sample was routinely collected on June 13 and sent to CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, which has confirmed the Kappa strain in the sample.
Like Delta Plus, Kappa has also been declared a form of concern. Amresh Singh, head of the microbiology department at BRD Medical College, said the patient had tested positive for COVID on May 27 and was brought to the medical college on June 12.
The sample was taken on 13 June. Singh said that the patient died during treatment on June 14. He had no travel history. Health officials said over 2,000 samples have been sent from the state for genome sequencing.
For the first time in Uttar Pradesh this week, two cases of Delta Plus strain were reported. Officials said that since none of the three patients had a travel history, this suggests that the virus is mutating in the state.
It is being claimed in some media reports that two cases of Kappa variant have been reported in UP. In a statement issued after the regular review meeting of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, it has been said that genome sequencing facility is being increased in the state.
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